Market Trader Philip Blake

By John Layton

Of course, no market would be complete without a butcher's stall, to sell anything from a pound (sorry, kilogram) of mince to the best sirloin steak and topside for sunday lunch.

Mr Philip Blake is seen here at his butcher's stall, which has been in his family for 80 years.

Photo:Philip Blake and customer at his Butcher's stall

Philip Blake and customer at his Butcher's stall

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This page was added by John Layton on 23/02/2007.
Comments about this page

I am sure I worked at the butchers stall in May 1954. I answered a notice on the van for assistant. I was then asked how much a week I wanted. I said 3 pounds pls. I think it was opposite the fruit stall and we had to shout to attract the customers. I was asked to 'draw' a chicken, and had no idea what they meant. They soon showed me YUK!. I was only 16. I enjoyed the few weeks I worked there. As I came from Yorkshire, I was taught how to speak 'Norfolk' by my husband's step-father Alf Sherwood. A wonderful man.

By Doris Beckett
On 11/01/2010

Blake's has such a special place in my family's heart. My granddad worked as a farmhand in Norfolk in the 30s. He loved this butchers so much that for the next 50+ years he would still make the effort to travel up and down from Southend in Essex just to fill his shopping trolley (and later our car boot) up with Mr Blake's sausages and belly of pork. It's one of the things everyone in the family always talks about when we remember him.

By David
On 17/02/2011

This butchers was owned by mine and Phillip's Grandads and was handed down to Phillip's Dad and then to Phillip. Still the best sausages in Norfolk. Phillip is a good friend and cousin.

By Kevin Carlton
On 30/07/2012

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